6. Runaway mine train - 1966
Being the world's second tubular steel roller coater, many assume that the Runaway Mine Train is the oldest ride at Six Flags Over Texas. However, that is not the case. The Runaway Mine Train, which originally opened in 1966, is actually the 6th oldest ride at the park. Since opening, the ride has undergone several notable changes, both to the ride itself and to its theming and surroundings. It has delighted tens of millions of guests, and it still remains a fan favorite to this day.
5. El Sombrero - 1965
Although it's been relocated multiple times throughout it's history, the El Sombrero is actually over 53 years old. When it originally opened back in 1965, the El Sombrero took the spot of the short lived La Cucaracha roller coaster. Years later, after the Fiesta Train closed for good, the ride was moved to a location near La Vibora and The Conquistidor. Most recently, to make room for the 2006 introduction of La Fiesta De Las Tazas, the ride was moved just dozens of yards away to it's new home in the Mexico section of the park.
4. EL ASERRADERO - 1963
Perhaps one of the most well known attractions at Six Flags Over Texas is the parks log flume, El Aserradero. When it first opened back in 1963, El Aserradero received rave reviews from guests and critics alike. It was so popular that, in 1968, the park built a second flume to help reduce the 1-2 long waits that the ride saw almost every day. So, while "Flume 2" doesn't qualify for our list, "Fume one" takes the #4 spot!
3. Silver Star Carousel - 1963
Much like El Sombrero, the Silver Star Carousel has had an interesting past of relocations and refurbishments. The carousel was first constructed in 1925 ,and opened in 1928 at Rockaway's Playland in New York. After eventually being removed in 1962, the ride was purchased by Six Flags Over Texas and installed in the Boomtown section of the park where Gunslinger is located today. At the end of the end of the 1985 season, the ride was removed as it underwent a multi-year refurbishment. Finally, 3 years after closing, the ride reopened in Star Mall section under the new Silver Star Carousel name.
2. Chaparral Antique Cars - 1962
The Chaparral Antique Cars are a classic among Six Flags Over Texas attractions. The ride opened way back in 1962, just one year after the park's grand opening. While not too many notable changes have occurred, the cars have received new looks over the years and the entrance has been moved twice. Once in 2011 to allow for the New Texas Giant extended queue, and again in 2016 to relocate the entrance back to it's original location.
1. Six Flags & Texas railroad - 1961
As the only opening day attraction on this list, the Six Flags & Texas Railroad is the single oldest ride at Six Flags Over Texas. It opened with the park on August 5th, 1961, and has been circling the park ever since. While there have been changes to the attractions travel direction and station locations, the track itself remains mostly the same.
There you have it, the 6 oldest operating rides at Six Flags Over Texas. Be sure to come back every Monday for new posts on our Thrill Time Blog, and don't forget to check out our other pages while you're at it. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on YouTube, all @OverTexasThrills. Thank you again for visiting OverTexasThrills.com, your #1 guide to all things happening at the thrill capital of Texas.
Holiday In The Park 2018 takes place on select days from November 16th until December 30th. The event is one of my personal favorites, and there are many things to get excited about each and every year. Below I will discuss 5 things I look forward to doing during Holiday In The Park 2018!
Watching Live Entertainment
There is no shortage of live entertainment during Holiday In The Park. From the popular ‘All I Want For Christmas’ stage show to the many live bands and choirs that choose to perform at the park, there’s something for everyone. Live entertainment is a must-do for everyone that visits Holiday In The Park, as there is no better way to get in the holiday spirit.
enjoying the merry marketplace
Introduced just last year, The Merry Marketplace is a winter wonderland located in the Texas section of the park. The Merry Marketplace is home to many unique shopping and dining experiences as well as an opportunity to visit Santa’s workshop. The Holiday Ham’s also call the Merry Marketplace home, with multiple performances taking place each night. This is by far my favorite section of the park during the winter season, and I am beyond excited for it to return.
sledding down The Frosty snow hill
The Frosty Snow Hill is usually the closest thing to sledding that Texan’s can get. Every day during Holiday In The Park, crews show up hours early to prepare this popular attraction for guests. The Frosty Snow Hill is known for getting pretty long lines, so hit it early if you can.
sipping hot chocolate with family
There's just something about Six Flags hot chocolate that makes it so special. For many families, getting a refillable hot chocolate tumblr is a yearly tradition during Holiday In The Park. These mugs allow for unlimited free refills the day of purchase and $1.99 refills for return visits. On those chilly Texas nights, there's nothing better than a cup of delicious hot chocolate.
SEEING 1,000,000+ Christmas lights
What would Holiday In The Park be without Christmas lights? By far my favorite part of the event is walking around and taking in all of the sights and sounds of the season. Seeing over a million beautiful Christmas lights sparkle above me really puts me in the Christmas spirit. While the regular season and Fright Fest are both incredibly fun and exciting, there's something about Holiday In The Park that creates feelings of awe and wonder that can't be beat.
There you have it. 5 things we look forward to doing during Holiday In The Park 2018. For more blog postings and top 5 countdowns like this, be sure to come back every Monday for a new post on the Thrill Time Blog. Also be sure to check out our park updates page for weekly construction and rumor recaps. Until next week!